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Brazilian Festa Junina Foods


General Discussion

Brazilian Festa Junina Foods

rworange | Jun 11, 2006 01:26 PM

The San Francisco Bay Area is getting a larger Brazilian population. With the new communities come new festivals.

June is winter in Brazil and Festa Junina celebrates the corn harvest. Many of the dishes for this festival have corn. I am REALLY new to Brazilian food. So these are some of the foods I tried at a festa yesterday. If anyone has more information to share, I’d be interested.

I’m considering going to another one later in the month and would appreciate tips for any food I should keep my eyes out for.

Pamonha – Are Brazil’s tamale. I read that this originated in Africa and came to Brazil with African Slaves. It is a tupi (Indigenous Brazilian language) word meaning ‘sticky’.

The pamonha I tried wasn’t sticky. I tried the salt/cheese versions which was a moist sweet corn tamale, with corn kernels, salt and cheese.

Canjica is a pudding made with hominy and coconut milk. That is the name for it in Southern Brazil. In Bahia, Brazil it is called "Mugunzá" . Here’s a picture and more info.

Curau is a Bahia fresh corn pudding that is made with green maize. Oddly enough, this is called Canjica in Southern Brazil. Here’s a recipe, just to give an idea of what is in it.

Brigadeiros are a docinho, or a sweet made with condensed milk and chocolate. Once again, thanks to Maria-Brazil, here’s a recipe AND photo. If you follow the link for docinho’s there’s a great section with photos of these sweets. It seems that condensed milk, which is used A LOT in Brazilian sweets, came to the country by way of Switzerland. More in this link.

Quentao - hot, spiced red wine

Churrasquinho – Brazilian kabobs. If all of these are as good as the home-made sausage kabob I had last night, no matter how full you are, if you see anyone selling churrasquinho, make room in your stomach and buy one IMMEDIATELY. Sometimes a kabob is not a kabob, is not a kebob. Delicious.

General info on Festa Junina

So if you are in an area that has a Brazilian population, check around to see if there is a festa near you. Those kebobs are worth it.

That’s all I know about the festa. Here’s a link to my report about a festa in Richmond, California.


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